The California Coastal Commission has approved a seawater intake system for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach that will enable the aquarium to pump seawater directly into the aquarium from the ocean. Currently the aquarium gets its seawater delivered via barge or trucked in via tanker truck at an estimated cost between $200,000-$500,000 a year.The intake will consist of a 250 foot long underground pipe, an electrical conduit and a submersible pump that will be located under a fishing pier, according to a report in the Long Beach Press Telegram.
The intake will operate between the Los Angeles River estuary and the aquarium’s holding tanks.The aquarium will treat the seawater on its premises via mechanical filtration using sand filters and will also screen out pollutants. The aquarium will also add air to the water and will control the water’s temperature as well to ensure optimal water quality. According to the report, the intake system is expected to pump approximately 50,000 gallons of seawater per day, with a cap of no more than 15 million gallons per year.
The Aquarium of the Pacific displays more than 11,000 animals in 50 indoor and outdoor exhibits. It is Southern California’s largest aquarium. It features a variety of biotopes modeled after Southern California and Baja California, the northern Pacific and the tropical Pacific. Exhibits at the aquarium range from 5,000 to 350,000 gallons and showcase a variety of species. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.